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  • Request Altar Flowers +

    If you would like to have an arrangement/vase in memory of or in honor of a family member or friend, please use the link below:

    pdf Altar Flowers (156 KB)


  • Join the Parish Family +

    To join St. Peter Chanel, use the link below.  Download and print the form. Fill it out and return it to St. Peter Chanel:  give it to the receptionist desk, put it in the night drop box, drop it in the collection basket, return to the Welcome desk (when attended) or mail it to the address on the form.

    New Parishioner Registration 10172018.pdf



  • Papal Audience Tickets +

    Papal Audiences are held on Wednesday mornings at 10:30AM either in St. Peter Square or in the Pope Paul VI Audience Hall when weather requires an indoor audience.  During August the audiences are held at Castel Gandolfo.  Anyone traveling to Rome who wishes to attend a Papal Audience are welcome, but tickets are required.  You can obtain tickets for an upcoming audience in several ways, but the two listed below have proven to be effective.

    * The Church of Santa Susanna - Home of the American Catholic Church in Rome can provide tickets.  Visit their website: for complete information, directions, guidelines on proper attire, and order form.

    * All tickets are actually issued by the Prefecture of the Papal Household and then distributed to various organizations to in turn distribute.  You can request tickets directly from the Vatican.

    Information on how to reserve tickets:

    Write to:  Prefecture of the Papal Household
    00120 Vatican City State

    Fax: +39 06 6988 5863


    The Prefecture will respond in writing only to those resident outside Rome, by fax or normal post (not by E-mail).

  • Funerals +

    On behalf of Msgr. Peter Rau along with the parish and staff of St. Peter Chanel, please accept our condolences on the death of your family member or friend.  Be assured of our prayers for you and for them.

    The information presented here is offered to give some direction as you begin to make funeral arrangements for the deceased. Our staff is prepared to assist you in planning a Funeral Mass (with the casket or urn present) or Memorial Mass (no casket, no urn).  We ask that you contact us as soon as possible so that we can help simplify the process for you.  We work with both your chosen Funeral Home as well as with the family to plan the arrangements.  Please contact the parish office (678.277.9424) for assistance.

    Funerals are usually celebrated on weekday mornings at 10:30 AM.

    Listed below is a planning worksheet, a guidebook, as well as suggestions for both music selections and Scripture selections.



    pdf Church Teaching on Cremation (223 KB)



  • Papal Blessing Information +

    Office of Papal charities

    Vatican city

    The Office of Papal Charities is the department of the Holy See charged with exercising charity to the poor in the name of the Holy Father.

    This tradition goes back to the earliest centuries of the Church. Originally one of the immediate responsibilities of the Deacons, responsibility for the Pope’s charities was later exercised by one or more members of the papal household with no particular hierarchical dignity, which was granted later. A Bull of Innocent III (1198-1216) mentions the post of Almoner as already in existence. The first Pope to organize the Office of Papal Charities was Blessed Gregory X (1271-1276), who set down the duties of the Almoner. In a Bull of 1409, Alexander V laid down guidelines and regulations for the Office, which has always functioned as an expression of the constant concern of the Roman Pontiffs. The Almoner of His Holiness has the rank of Archbishop; he is a member of the Papal Family and as such takes part in the Holy Father’s liturgical celebrations and official audiences.

    Pope Leo XIII, as a means of helping to fund the charitable works carried out by the Office, delegated the Almoner to grant the Apostolic Blessing by parchment certificate: these parchments, in order to be authentic, must bear the Almoner’s signature and the seal of his Office.

    Please note that costs associated with the issue of the Papal Blessing are incurred only by reason of the parchment itself, the preparation costs, postage and a contribution to the Pope’s charitable works.The proceeds accruing to the Office of Papal Charities from the preparation of papal blessing parchments are applied entirely to the works of charity which this Office carries out on behalf of the needy who appeal to the Successor of Peter.

    Information About Applying for Papal Blessing Parchments

    Directions are listed below or you can go to the Vatican website—address shown below for complete directions and to download the form.

    Requests for Papal Blessings on parchment can be sent to the Elemosineria Apostolica - Office of Papal Charities only by regular post or by fax (but not by e-mail)

    The request should include:

    - the name, surname and address of the person making the request;
    - the name and surname of the person(s) for whom the blessing is being requested;
    - the reason or occasion prompting the request;
    - the date, the name of the Church and the address are required when the blessing is requested for the celebration of a sacrament, a religious profession or an anniversary;
    - the address of where to send the parchment and payment details.

    The payment should be made after you receive the Papal blessing. It is possible to make the payment in one of two ways:

    - via a bank transfer (the banking coordinates will be sent to you in the same parcel as the parchment)
    - or by online credit card payment via our website.

    The account will reflect:

    - the cost of the parchment (ranging from 13 to 25 euros according to

  • Submit Information to the Bulletin +

    Write up an article and email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  The bulletin is sent to the printer Monday for release six days later.  Therefore, deadlines for inclusion are Friday, approximately 10 days before publication.

    The editor reserves the right to edit for content and space.

  • Volunteer at the parish +

    Through the gifts of time and talent that our parishioners so generously share, we are able to truly be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ here at St. Peter Chanel. Many thanks to all those faithful and generous stewards who volunteer in our parish! We know your time is precious and worth everything to us!

    Where to find volunteer opportunities

    Volunteer opportunities are found on the website under the headings: Worship, Parish Life/Service and Human Concerns/Outreach. For more information or to join, connect the ministry using the Ministry email. In addition, each year in late August, we host a Ministry Fair where you have the opportunity to speak with fellow parishioners who serve as volunteers in over 60 ministries. By visiting the fair, you can see which of them fit your personality, talents and schedule.

    How to volunteer

    Volunteering is easy! Contact the ministry via email and fill out a Volunteer Application (see the link). Return the application to Robbin Spinner in the Parish Office. If your volunteer position has any interaction with children and/or vulnerable individuals, you must complete Safe Environment requirements which include screening and training.

    pdf [link to volunteer application] (878 KB)

    The following ministries require a background check and additional training as per the Archdiocese of Atlanta:

    Boy Scouts Troop 1134, Cub Scout Pack 1134,Children’s Liturgy of the Word, Coffee and Donuts, Good Neighbor Meals, Greeters, Knights of Columbus, Ladies Auxiliary to Knights of Columbus, Medication Transportation, Men’s Club, Ministry to the Sick, Mission Ministry, Music Ministry, Nursery Volunteer, Parish School of Religion, Photography, Prayer and Worship, RCIA, Shrine Homeless Shelter, St. Vincent de Paul, Usher

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